Channing Dungey is leaving Netflix, less than two years after joining the streamer as vp original content and head of drama.
Her last day at the company is Friday. She’s exiting to pursue another opportunity, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.
Dungey’s departure comes amid speculation that she’s a contender for the job of president of Warner Bros. TV — a post recently vacated by Susan Rovner, who moved to the top programming post at NBCUniversal. Her move also comes a month after Bela Bajaria was upped to the new role of vp global television and long-time head of content Cindy Holland departed.
“I’ve known Channing for many years, and it’s been a pleasure working closer with her,” said Bajaria. “She’s a terrific executive who’s always carved her own path, and although we will miss her, we wish her all the best for the future.”
Dungey joined Netflix in December 2018 after 14 years at ABC, the last 2 1/2 of those as president of ABC Entertainment. During her time as head of drama at the broadcast network, she helped build Shonda Rhimes’ TV empire. After rising to lead the network in 2016, she greenlit shows including The Good Doctor, Grey’s Anatomy spinoff Station 19, Speechless, and the Roseanne revival — then subsequently canceled the latter after Roseanne Barr’s racist Twitter rant in May 2018, paving the way for current spinoff The Conners.
At Netflix, she oversaw drama series and some of the company’s high-profile (and high dollar) overall deals, including those with Rhimes, Kenya Barris, Steven DeKnight, Barack and Michelle Obama, and Jenji Kohan.
But Netflix has been making some changes within its TV group following content chief Ted Sarandos’s July promotion to co-CEO alongside founder Reed Hastings. Sarandos, sources familiar with the situation previously told THR, decided to shuffle the ranks on the TV side so that the organizational structure more closely aligned with that of the film group, where Scott Stuber is the global head of film.
Instead of promoting Holland, his long-time right hand and head of English-language episodic programming, into that role, he opted to install Bajaria, who had been leading international productions. Holland subsequently departed Netflix.
Deadline first reported the news.